Beef: U.S. Business Increases

From January to September 2018, countries in the region reported $422 million in beef sales abroad, and exports to the United States grew 16% over the same period in 2017.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Export of fresh and frozen beef in Central America Al September 30th, 2018  

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Nicaragua, main seller
In the first nine months of 2018, the main exporter of the region continued to be Nicaragua, with $364 million, followed by Costa Rica, with $47 million, Panama, with $15 million, Honduras, with $11 million and Guatemala, with $5 million. El Salvador did not register significant exports.

Variation in regional business
Between January and September 2017 and the same period in 2018, the value of fresh, chilled and frozen beef exported from Central America fell by 4%, from $463 million to $442 million.

In contrast to the general sales performance, during the periods concerned, exports to the U.S. grew from $151 million to $175 million.

Destination of exports
From January to March 2018, 40% of the value exported from Central America went to the U.S., 8% to Puerto Rico, 8% to Mexico, 4% to Taiwan and 3% to China.

Export prices
Between November 2014 and September 2018, the average price per kilo exported of fresh, chilled and frozen beef from the region fell 19%, from $5.34 to $4.35.

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